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O’More College of Design awards 12 summer studio scholarships Day Camp Sessions Immerse Kids of All Ages in Art and Design

O’More College of Design awards 12 summer studio scholarships Day Camp Sessions Immerse Kids of All Ages in Art and Design

O’More College of Design has awarded 12 scholarships to elementary, middle and high-school students who applied for an opportunity to attend its Summer Studio program, a day camp offering a diverse schedule during three sessions in June and July.

Among the winners were Alyssa Larocca, a rising senior at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station and Jennifer Marshall, a rising senior at Obion County Central High School in Troy, Tenn., who were chosen by a panel of judges to receive two full scholarships to the College’s annual art camp.

“The O’More Summer Studio program engages students in a way that extends beyond the average summer art program,” said Program Director Sorrel Dugan. “For the older set, that’s because of real-world application from industry professionals. For the younger crowd, the camp introduces them to a heightened appreciation of the arts.”

Each student winner submitted two copies of original artwork with a recommendation from his or her art instructor. Entries were evaluated on the applicants’ questionnaire responses, teachers’ comments and the quality of submitted work. The College gifted more than $2,300 in scholarship money for the camps.

Larocca, who hopes to attend O’More after graduation, said she’s looking forward to interacting with other Summer Studio participants and instructors.

“The opportunity to attend this program means so much to me,” Larocca said. “I love design and the freedom that comes with it. I’m excited to receive direction from the teachers and other students, and to share what I know as well.”

Sessions for grades 6 through 12 will be held June 18-22 and July 23-27, while the remaining session for grades 1 through 5 will be July 9-13. Registration is ongoing.

Sessions are geared to help inspire creativity and an appreciation of the arts, incorporating an eclectic set of classes that enables each student to craft a summer schedule tailored to their personal needs and interests. Courses range from fashion design and animation to architectural drawing and painting, and several new classes were added to the 2012 slate, including fashion courses for grades 1 through 12.

A culminating Summer Studio Gallery event in the Abbey Leix Mansion on the College campus will allow students to experience the privilege of having work shown to others.

For more information on Summer Studio, the scholarships and the other winners, visit

Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, post-secondary institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in interior design, fashion design and visual communications. The College is located in the historic district of Franklin, Tenn.

Photo: Independence High School senior and scholarship winner Alyssa LaRocca with one of her submitted renderings.